The Green Boy

At the moment of dawn
some long-ago May morning
a green boy emerges
glistening from this dock

stands dripping on the side
of this old stone basin,
and as the light breaks
gazes with newly opened eyes

at smoke lying curled
above one or two houses
in the city’s huddled circle,
where the thin child servants

of lawyer and apothecary
of mountebank and thief
are up betimes
and about their masters’ business


from ‘A Natural History’ in Scenes from a Long Sleep (Bloodaxe, 2003), © Peter Didsbury 2003, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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Peter Didsbury

Peter Didsbury Reading from His Poems

1The Experts

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2Back of the House

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3A White Wine for Max Ernst

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4The Autumn

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5Bard

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6The Drainage

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7In Britain

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8Venery

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9A Winter’s Fancy

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10The Classical Farm

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11The Pierhead

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12Cider Story

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13A Shop

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14The Hailstone

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15The Barn

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16Hare’s Run

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17The Restoration

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18The Shore

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19The Old Masters

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20That Old -Time Religion

21At Her Grinding Stone

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22Common Property

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23A Bee

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24Spade

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25Elegiac Alternatives

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26Owl and Miner

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27A Natural History

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28Coasts of Africa

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29The Green Boy

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30Victorian Angels

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31Words at Wharram Percy

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16That Old Time Religion

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Books by Peter Didsbury